The UEFA European Under-19 Championship consists of three distinct stages: the qualifying round, the elite round and the final tournament.
The qualifying round, played in autumn, is made up of 13 groups of four teams playing in one-venue mini-tournaments. The top two from each progress alongside the third-placed team with the best record against the top pair in their group.
In the elite round, played in the spring, those 27 qualifiers join the top seed, given a bye, in seven mini-tournament groups of four. The group winners then join the hosts in the finals.
The seven qualifiers plus the hosts are split into two groups of four who play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals. The winners of those ties contest the final.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
The 2016/17 UEFA European Under-19 Championship kicks off on Tuesday when the first of the qualifying round groups gets under way with teams bidding for a place in next summer's final tournament in Georgia.
Road to Georgia
Qualifying round groups
Group 1 (6–11 October): Russia, Belgium*, Kazakhstan, Finland
Group 2 (6–11 October): Netherlands*, Norway, San Marino, Romania
Group 3 (25–30 October): Israel, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Andorra*
Group 4 (6–11 October): Germany, Republic of Ireland, Albania*, Gibraltar
Group 5 (4–9 October): Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania*, Azerbaijan
Group 6 (10–15 November): England, Greece, Wales*, Luxembourg
Group 7 (10–15 November): Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Armenia*
Group 8 (10–15 November): Denmark, Portugal, Bulgaria*, Belarus
Group 9 (6–11 October): France, Czech Republic*, Estonia, Slovenia
Group 10 (9–14 November): Sweden, Serbia*, Moldova, Malta
Group 11 (6–11 October): FYR Macedonia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Poland*
Group 12 (11–16 November): Croatia, Montenegro*, Faroe Islands, Cyprus
Group 13 (6–11 October): Ukraine*, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland
Bye to elite round: Spain
Bye to final tournament: Georgia (hosts)
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